Education & Training

Education is a primary focus of The Gabriel Foundation’s. The only way to improve the lives of birds both in the wild and in captivity is to impart knowledge and create awareness of the needs of parrots around the world. We do this in the classroom, in the home and in the community.

Beyond the Bird Basics

This comprehensive online class is a requirement for all adopters and beneficial for anyone interested in caring for a bird. Whether you are a long time bird caregiver or new to feathered companionship, you will learn the most up to date information on diet and nutrition, husbandry, species differences, grooming, medical care and behavior. The cost is $40 – click here to register and begin!

Outreach & Events

We are excited about the opportunity to provide information regarding our programs, parrots and the focus of our programs about parrot welfare. We believe that it is important to share our knowledge and expertise about parrots to educate the public about the specialized needs of companion parrots.  Request an outreach event.

Printable Request Form. 

Also, TGF has developed a series of educational classes, as well as reference materials and lectures covering all topics of bird care for the parrot owner, enthusiast or potential adopter.

Standard of Care

The Gabriel Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) non-profit corporation, licensed by the State of Colorado as a rescue and rehabilitative organization dedicated to the well being of companion parrots. The Foundation’s aviary is certified by the Model Aviculture Program (MAP) although the Foundation is NOT a parrot breeding facility. Data, record keeping and biosecurity standards promoted by MAP are applicable to a parrot welfare organization.

Our purpose is to serve as a research and educational model to the public-at-large, the veterinary medical community, the pet industry, humane animal welfare organizations and to the avicultural community and affiliated organizations about the need to provide appropriately for the welfare of parrots in captivity, often through rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary programs for psittacine birds. We endeavor to generate continuing awareness of parrots throughout the world by supporting international conservation efforts that help to maintain and preserve them in their natural habitat.

The Foundation currently maintains seven separate programs: educational outreach, rescue, rehabilitation, foster care, adoption, sanctuary and conservation for the needs of parrots everywhere. We believe that public EDUCATION is the tool of choice to better the quality of life of parrots in captivity and to help preserve the world’s parrots in their wild habitats.

Download the entire Standard of Care PDF

A Fabulous Opportunity to Take This Course!

Sign up for the ParrotBAS online class now!
In order to learn more about parrot behavior in a detailed and comprehensive step by step method utilizing the principles of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Registrants need a Yahoo ID. Requests to join ParrotBAS group can be sent to: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ParrotBAS/.

Once you are on the list, you must request to take the mini lessons. You will then be put on a wait list. Each mini lesson class consists of 3 students. As soon as 3 students have requested to take mini’s and a tutor is found, class will begin. Mini lessons consist of 7 lessons. You will not receive a certificate, so you will need to report to Shauna Roberts, [email protected] that you have completed the lessons. That way, Shauna can then check in the database to make sure that you’ve completed and finished the lessons.

This is a time-intensive course for registrant and mentor. Please allow significant time and thought to the high level of information that is contained within these lessons. This is a class that can be repeated many times with substantial benefit for human and bird with each series of mini-lessons. Please come prepared to read, think and learn!

Also, so you know, there is now a 3-year wait for Dr. Friedman’s LLP and LLA professional courses so sign-up now!

For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission:

www.dropbox.com/s/tpufsnp1xkyrgms/Animal%20Welfare%20VS%20Animal%20Rights.docx?dl=0
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For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpufsnp1xkyrgms/Animal%20Welfare%20VS%20Animal%20Rights.docx?dl=0

Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals' welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start. Understanding how we evaluate animals' care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGF's flock is central to our approach to our birds' welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm
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Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start.  Understanding how we evaluate animals care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGFs flock is central to our approach to our birds welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm